Richard Young's show spans 40 years of Bowie's career
michael baggs
09:03 5th July 2013

A brand new exhibition of photographs of David Bowie taken by close friend Richard Young will open in London next week. 

'DAVID BOWIE' is a collection of photos of the Thin White Duke, spanning nearly 40 years and celebrity photographer Richard Young. The show features 16 photos, including six new and never-before-seen shots recently discovered from Young's Archive.

Young, who has been photographing Bowie since 1976, recalled his very first meeting with the Hunky Dory star: “In 1964 when I was sixteen, I used to hang out in the Bataclan Club in Princes Street near Oxford Circus it was a very cool place to hang out in the day. It was there I met a guy called Geoff, we became friends through our love of music and French girls.

"Very often on Sunday afternoons a group of us would make our way to Geoff’s place in South London where we would listen to soul music till the early hours. Occasionally a guy called David Jones would come over and hang out. Little was I to know who David would become! Sadly as it was over forty years ago and we were all in a psychedelic haze, I don’t remember much else of what went on."

He added: "I recently chatted with David about the old days and he couldn’t remember much either! Geoff MacCormack went on to become David’s back up singer and it wasn’t until 1974 that I became a photographer.”

Watch David Bowie's video for 'The Next Day' below:

DAVID BOWIE opens at the Richard Young Gallery at 4 Holland Street in London on 12 July and will run until 25 October, 2013. 

Bowie fans can also enjoy 'David Bowie Is Happening Now' - a national cinema screening event to mark the success and celebrate the closing of the V&A's David Bowie Is exhibtion. For more detail visit here

This will be closest that fans can get to seeing the Heroes star, after guitarist Earl Slick recently stated that Bowie had 'no plans to tour this year'. 

Below: The V&A's David Bowie Is exhibition in photos